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February 24, 2020
Canada: Nunavut issues budget 2020–21
On 19 February 2020, Nunavut Finance Minister George Hickes tabled the territory’s fiscal 2020–21 budget. The budget contains no new taxes and no tax increases.
The Minister projects a deficit of CA$30.5 million1 for 2020–21.
The following is a brief summary of the key tax measures.
Business tax measures
Corporate tax rates
No changes are proposed to the corporate tax rates or the $500,000 small-business limit.
Nunavut’s 2020 corporate tax rates are summarized in Table A.
Table A: Nunavut corporate tax rates
* The small-business rate is based on a 31 December year-end.
** Nunavut reduced the territory’s small-business income tax rate from 4.00% to 3.00% effective 1 July 2019.
Personal income tax rates
The budget does not include any changes to personal income tax rates.
The 2020 Nunavut personal tax rates are summarized in Table B.
Table B: 2020 Nunavut personal tax rates
For taxable income in excess of $97,069, the 2020 combined federal-Nunavut personal income tax rates are outlined in Table C.
Table C: Combined 2020 federal and Nunavut personal tax rates
* The rate on capital gains is one-half the ordinary income tax rate.
** An additional federal basic personal amount may be available for individuals with taxable income below $214,368. The additional tax credit is $140 for individuals with taxable income below $150,474; this additional amount is gradually phased out for individuals with taxable income between $150,474 and $214,368, resulting in an additional 0.22% to 0.30% of federal income tax on taxable income in this bracket.
1. Currency references in this Alert are to CA$.
For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Toronto
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Montréal
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Calgarys
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Vancouver
Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Canadian Tax Desk, New York